Definition of the whole shooting match in English:

the whole shooting match

phrase

informal
  • Everything.

    ‘the whole shooting match is being computerized’
    • ‘But I can remember the days when a smile, a wink of the eye or an arch of the eyebrow set off the whole shooting match and a light fire would run beneath my skin.’
    • ‘A round of applause for Melissa please, for behind every successful man is an intelligent woman orchestrating the whole shooting match.’
    • ‘You need a good heavy one and even hang the camera bag from the central pole, just to stabilize the whole shooting match even further.’
    • ‘On some farms, he notes, ‘the cost of quota exceeds the cost of land, animals, equipment - the whole shooting match.’’
    • ‘It was a very sophisticated space probe, it had everything on it, penetrators, balloons, orbiting things, you know, it was just the whole shooting match.’
    • ‘Once he has sold out, your boss most likely will try to put one of his old boys in charge of at least haft your job, maybe the whole shooting match.’
    • ‘Not only my department, but the whole shooting match will cease to exist at the end of the year.’
    • ‘‘I built a 16-track studio and started educating myself about microphones, preamps - the whole shooting match,’ he says.’
    • ‘After all, murderers take away more than a bit of the lives of the people they kill - they take away the whole shooting match.’
    • ‘It is, however, important to remember that the climax of the whole shooting match does not arrive for the best part of 11 months.’
    entirety, totality, total, whole, aggregate, summation, beginning and end, alpha and omega, be-all and end-all
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